|this is not me ever|
A big problem is that I don't yet have my internship schedule confirmed, which means I can't confirm my work schedule, which means I can't nail down my research schedule, which means I can't nail down my tutoring schedule, which means I can't nail down my, like, eating and sleeping and showering schedule. THIS IS CAUSING ME A LOT OF ANXIETY. I have my first day at the health clinic on Wednesday, so hopefully that will help, but still. There are only enough hours in the week for me to make this all happen, you know?
A related issue—and this is kind of stupid and ED-related—but exercise. I usually work out first thing in the morning, and use the days that I have early class as a way to keep me from working out 7 days a week. For example, last semester, I worked out every morning except Monday and Wednesday because those were the days I had early class; the rest of the week, I had enough time before work or class to exercise in the morning. Does that make sense? For the past couple of years, I've kind of used that as a self-regulating rule—I ONLY work out in the morning, and if I can't fit it in, then I skip that day. Plus, I like the routine of working out, coming home, showering, eating breakfast, and going on with my day, and not having to think about exercise the rest of the day. But this semester, it's possible that I'll be starting with either class, work, or my internship early enough almost every day that I won't have time to work out in the mornings, which kind of throws my whole routine into a tizzy.
Next issue: the GRE. It's in less than two weeks and my ability to study has been seriously hampered by the start of the semester. It's probably still better to be taking it in January compared to April or May when I'll likely be even more swamped because of finals and stuff, but right now it's just this giant thing hanging over my head. Plus, it's going to take up half a day that week that I do NOT have to spare.
And then there is my actual course- and work-load. I mentioned that my classes should be a lot more interesting this semester, but that also means there's more work, reading, exams, etc. And although I'm super happy about my advisor giving me more research responsibilities, that also means that I'm spending a lot more time struggling to figure things out, working with software I've never used before, playing with complicated data I've never seen before...it's just a lot.
Finally, there are always random meetings and stuff that pop up, but unfortunately I have zero flexibility in my schedule and am having a hard time fitting things in. I still tutor two students who are getting totally neglected these days because I simply have no idea where to squeeze them.
Any advice on how to prioritize, manage my time, and not lose my mind is much appreciated!!